Donovan's 6-game scoring streak ended


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Manny Fernandez got just enough support
to carry the low-scoring Minnesota Wild past the Calgary Flames.

Fernandez made 31 saves, and Andrei Zyuzin had a goal and an
assist to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Pascal Dupuis added his fifth goal of the season for the Wild,
who won for just the third time in their last 10 games and sent the
Flames to their first loss in their last six.

"We're turning a corner," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.
"But the corner is huge. And right now, we're in the middle."

The Wild's offense, which was very potent last season, has been
sputtering. Speedster Marian Gaborik has only three goals in 15
games and the Wild hadn't scored more than one goal in their
previous six games. Three of those were losses, including a 2-1
loss at Calgary on Friday night, and two were ties.

Minnesota was outshot for the 13th straight time, but Fernandez
was solid in the net.

Over the past 12 games, Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson have
combined for a 1.81 goals against average. The Minnesota defense
was ranked fifth best in the NHL.

"This is a time for (Roloson) and myself to help the team,"
Fernandez said.

The Flames started fast, getting 14 shots in the first period.
But, unlike in their 6-1 victory against Pittsburgh on Sunday, they
couldn't sustain any kind of offensive flow.

"It was a frustrating game," Jarome Iginla said. "They got up
by two, and they're tough enough to come back on when you're down
by one. But we almost did it."

Fernandez was 4:32 away from his second shutout of the season
when Martin Gelinas, playing his 1,000th NHL game, cut the Wild's
lead to 2-1 after a faceoff. Chuck Kobasew's shot hit off
Fernandez's pads and Gelinas lunged at the puck to beat Fernandez
while falling to the ice.

Calgary had a late chance after Minnesota was penalized for
having too many men on the ice with 1:01 remaining. The Flames
pulled goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, but couldn't get off a clean shot.
Fernandez made a nice save with 8.8 seconds to go.

"We had guys going to the net," Flames coach Darryl Sutter
said. "We put the puck there and we did everything we wanted to
do, but we couldn't finish."

Shean Donovan, who had a hat trick in Calgary's win over the
Penguins, saw his six-game goal scoring streak end.

"I thought we played a pretty good 60 minutes," Sutter said.
"We certainly had more opportunities tonight, but we couldn't
solve Fernandez."

Kiprusoff, who entered the game on a four-game winning streak,
fell to 6-2 since being acquired in a trade with San Jose three
weeks ago. He finished with 17 saves.

Minnesota opened the scoring at 3:28 of the second period when
Zyuzin picked up a deflected puck in front of the net and flipped
it over Kiprusoff's outstretched glove. It was only the third goal
scored by a Minnesota defenseman since Oct. 10.

Dupuis scored his first power-play goal of the season in the
second period to make it 2-0. He tipped in Zyuzin's hard shot from
the blue line at the 12:42 mark.

"It's such a relief," Fernandez said about his team finally
scoring more than one goal. "Defensively, we've played great. I'm
sure all the forwards were happy about it. ... I'm sure we can use
it as a confidence booster."

Game Notes: Wild RW Alexandre Daigle, who has a team-high eight goals,
was scratched because of flu-like symptoms. ... Wild LW Matt
Johnson and Flames LW Krzystof Oliwa, who fought each other when
the teams played last week, dropped the gloves in the first period.
... Wild LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who missed Minnesota's previous
eight games with a bruised left thumb, assisted on Zyuzin's goal.